Hello everyone! I hope you’ve had a good weekend. Mine has been pretty quiet and dull.
I’ve been a bit bummed out by some rather negative happenings in the retro gaming community recently; thankfully none of them have involved me, but they do involve a creator I like very much and support on Patreon. You can read more about that elsewhere, though — I might even pen something about it myself next week depending on how things go.
It’s at times like this that a bit of enthusiasm and positivity goes a long way, though, so let’s take a look at some of the things you might have missed this week.
Continue reading Around the Network
Yesterday, I found myself a bit frustrated by yet another example of Twitter’s never-ending focus on negativity and cynicism. In other words, it was a Thursday.
The tweet that frustrated me a bit probably didn’t have any ill intentions behind it, but its question to the community of what games you “hate but are highly praised by the general audience” almost inevitably became, to the community, an excuse to bash on predictable, popular things. So I decided to flip things around and post a tweet of my own with a more positive angle.
“What’s a game you love that is not well-regarded by the general audience and/or Metacritic?” I asked. Let’s see what people said.
Continue reading Your Favourite Overlooked and Underappreciated Games
Bit of a personal one today, but I think it’s worth saying.
Calling someone an “anime avatar” is not an argument. Referring to “the anime avatars in my mentions” does not automatically cause your ill-advised social media post to suddenly become correct. Attempting to make the term “anime avatar” a slur does not make you look progressive, woke or smart.
If you judge someone by anything other than their behaviour and conduct, you are bigoted by the very strictest definition of the word. Let’s ponder this in a bit more detail.
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The Bowsette trend has continued pretty much unabated since last week — and I’m certainly not complaining.
Alongside the original phenomenon, however, there has been a related meme that has proven almost as successful and popular — so much so that it’s quite common to see the pair of them together.
I am, of course, talking about Princess King Boo, known to our Japanese cousins as キングテレサ姫 (kingu teresa-hime).
Header image by Yusan (Pixiv). Please support the many fabulous artists who have helped bring this meme to life!
Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Princess King Boo
Every so often, you’re fortunate enough to witness a cultural phenomenon occur in real time. And it can be a surreal experience.
Such was the case with the meteoric rise to popularity of the character who has become known by several names over the last few days, be it “Bowsette”, “Koopa-hime”, “Princess Bowser” or any variation thereof.
This is a phenomenon that demands some exploration! If only for a tailor-made excuse to look at some sexy fanart.
Header art by Pomu (Pixiv). Please support the many wonderful artists who have brought this meme to life, and check out Kenji’s awesome Twitter thread for many more pieces of artwork, complete with original sources!
Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Bowsette